The first trailer for Matt Damon's and John Krasinski's new film "Promised Land" has arrived, offering a dramatic portrayal of the natural gas industry and its efforts to drill for gas via hydraulic fracking.


"In this contemporary drama, corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally."

The film was co-written by Krasinski and Damon and also marks the first time that the 41-year-old actor has hooked up with director Gus Van Sant since the Academy Award-winning "Good Will Hunting." 


Despite the anti-fracking theme that appears to dominate the film, Van Sant says the story is more about human relationships than anything political. 


“Maybe the writers are reacting to modern business practices and current events that they’ve been reading in the last year,” he told the UT San Diego. “But the story is a human story, an American business story.”


"Promised Land" will be released in limited theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 28. 


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Trailer: Matt Damon's fracking film 'Promised Land'
Film tells the fictional story of one small town's dealings with the natural gas industry — and the environmentalist out to stop it all from happening.